LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas Democratic lawmaker’s decision to switch to the Republican Party means Democrats and Republicans will be evenly divided on the only House committee dominated by Democrats.
Democratic Rep. Joe Jett of Success said Friday he will become a member of the Republican Party. Jett is chairman of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and a member of the Joint Budget, Insurance and Commerce and the Economic and Tax Policy committees as well as the Arkansas Legislative Council.
Jett’s decision evens the partisan split on the Revenue and Taxation Committee. Despite their small numbers, Democrats had engineered an 11-9 majority on the committee. Jett’s party switch brings the partisan split to 10-10.
In spite of the party switch, Jett says he doesn’t plan to change how he
approaches his legislative duties.
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